Train Travel in Thailand

Train Travel in Thailand

Phuket has no railway station.
Old Locomotive at Hat Yai

The trains in south Thailand run along the coast of the Gulf about 200 km to the east of Phuket. They come from Bangkok, pass Surat Thani, which is the jump off point for Ko Samui and Phangan. 

Next station is Trang and from there it continous to Hat Yai.
Hat Yai Train Station

 There is the train and another road border crossing into Malaysia at Padang Besar about an hour drive west of Hat Yai at that village the border crossing is open at 7 am and closed at 7 pm.

Train Travel in Thailand

It is is quite clear that nothing had been done in the last decades to improve anything. Investments are mainly done around Bangkok because the people who handle the financing of projects are living there. With a project thousand kilometers in the south it is difficult to control the money in the right way so people are not interested.

Probably the "Mother of all train travel in Thailand is Hua Lamphong in Bangkok"

There are some projects with high speed on the horizon but again the same scheme, 200 km behind Bangkok all ends and after they wonder why the people in the south get immensely restless. How did Mr. Thaksin tell it when he was still prime minister, "why should I care about people who don't vote for me"?  That tells all. They also call this person "Police Sergeant" since he was from Chiang Mai in the north they just didn't do anything in the south because it is very difficult to retrieve the kickbacks outside Bangkok.

Thai beauty on rails
Thai beauty on rails
The train has the stigma of the cheap stuff and it is really low priced.  

The train terminal is right in the city center and is decorated with a very old, nicely restored locomotive right in front of the main entrance.

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